Climate change is presenting significant challenges for communities here in South Taranaki and around the world.
Council has started a comprehensive work programme to understand and respond to the particular challenges for our organisation, our communities, and our district.
It’s an important conversation as climate change will impact the way we live, work and play for the foreseeable, and it’s vital all voices are heard with community engagement on this issue.
Our engagement approach will reflect Ministry for the Environment guidance to councils on planning for sea level rise and the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement.
Our District and Regional Councils, Venture Taranaki, and research organisations like NIWA will also have a key role in supporting our work around climate change, providing specialist expertise in the development of plans for our community. Council’s work on climate change will align with the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap vision.
Carbon emission reductions
We’re working to make our business Carbon Zero by 2035. For a Council, being a Carbon Zero business means that all emissions from Council-operated facilities (pools, libraries, wastewater treatment plants, etc.) are fully offset.
Annual emission profiles, reforestation projects, energy audits, and infrastructure/technology updates are some of the key tools that will help us reach our Carbon Zero by 2035 goal.
We work regionally on waste minimisation, alongside Stratford, New Plymouth, and Taranaki Regional Councils. The Zero Waste Taranaki website gives an overview of current waste minimisation efforts and opportunities.
Natural Environments Fund
The Natural Environments Fund was established to promote and assist the protection, restoration, or enhancement of areas of significant biodiversity, indigenous vegetation and/or significant habitats of indigenous fauna on private land throughout the District.
Both individuals and organisations are eligible to apply. Applications for Natural Environment Funding grants may only be accepted for requests between $5,000 and $30,000, but smaller grants may be allocated on a case-by-case basis.
The applicant’s contribution towards the project must be clearly detailed in the relevant application form. An applicant’s contribution towards the total project costs does not need to be financial and can include volunteer time or in-kind support. Council funding is complementary rather than a primary funder. Priority will be given to applicants that can demonstrate they are seeking and/or have secured other sources of funding.